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Violence Claims 81 Lives in Baghdad

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Posted on Mar 26, 2006

The sectarian violence continues unabated.

Also, a N.Y. Times reporter returns to Iraq after a year away and immediately sizes up the difference between an anti-U.S. insurgency and a civil war (although he doesn’t use that word).


AP:

Police found 30 more victims of the sectarian slaughter ravaging Iraq—most of them beheaded—dumped on a village road north of Baghdad on Sunday. At least 16 other Iraqis were killed in a U.S.-backed raid in a Shiite neighborhood of the capital.

Accounts of the evening raid in Baghdad varied. Aides to the Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and Iraqi police both said it took place at a mosque, with police claiming 22 bystanders died and al-Sadr’s aides saying 18 innocent men were killed.

The Americans said Iraqi special forces backed by U.S. troops killed 16 insurgents in a raid on a community meeting hall after gunmen opened fire on approaching troops.

“No mosques were entered or damaged during this operation,” the military said. It said a non-Western hostage was freed, but no name or nationality was provided.

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By Wolfhard (The Netherlands), March 27, 2006 at 3:14 am Link to this comment
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Does anyone have news about the killing on intellectuals, teachers etc? The New York Times article makes a hint:

“....There were assassinations two years ago, when an entire intellectual class was being wiped out….”

I have heard some news snippets that teachers and professors are/were actively targeted ad assasinated, but I can’t find information about it.
If this is true it might imply that the new educational system of Iraq will consist of madrassas, what else would the religious zelots and priests be aiming for.

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